Wes­ley go­ing hard for Cani­sius vol­ley­ball

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Ju­nior Sara Wes­ley con­tin­ues to be a main­stay with the Cani­sius Col­lege women’s vol­ley­ball team.

The 5-foot-10 mid­dle blocker, an Ex­eter Town­ship grad, has played in all 25 sets and has 53 kills, 19 to­tal blocks and six digs. She had a break­out year as a sopho­more fin­ish­ing third in kills with 194 and first in to­tal blocks with 79.

“Sara is a con­sis­tent force on the team,” coach Lenika Vasquez. “I never have to tell her to go hard. We joke that she has two speeds – hard and harder.”

The coach also lauds Wes­ley’s ef­forts off the court.

“Sara has helped push the cul­ture of work ethic in the weight room as well as on the court,” Vasquez said. “She is con­sis­tently push­ing to find her next level and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what she will ac­com­plish this sea­son.”

The Golden Griffins opened the sea­son at 2-5 af­ter go­ing 1-3 in the strong Duquesne In­vi­ta­tional on Sept. 1-2 in Pittsburgh.

The red­shirt fresh­man is start­ing in goal for the Blooms­burg women’s soc­cer team which is 2-1 on the sea­son af­ter a 3-0 vic­tory over Millersville on Sept. 6 in Blooms­burg to even its PSAC record at 1-1. Hawkins had two saves in that game and has just four on the sea­son thus far. She had two saves as the Huskies opened the sea­son with an 8-1 vic­tory over Ch­est­nut Hill on Aug. 31 and didn’t have a save in the team’s PSAC opener, a 2-1 loss to In­di­ana on Sept. 2.

The sopho­more mid­fielder is a key per­former on de­fense for the Lock Haven men’s soc­cer team, the Bald Ea­gles 2-0-1 with a 0-0 tie with Ge­or­gian Court in the sea­son-opener on Aug. 31 in Lock Haven. They fol­lowed that up with a 5-3 vic­tory over Shep­herd on Sept. 4 and then had a 4-0 shutout of District of Columbia on Sept. 6 in Lock Haven. Hart­man played in 16 games with one start as a fresh­man.

The 5-foot-4 ju­nior de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist leads the Ly­coming women’s vol­ley­ball team with 23 digs which av­er­ages out to 2.56 per set. She also has six as­sists and four ser­vice aces for the Bears who cap­tured the sea­son-open­ing Ly­coming Tri-Meet with two victories on Sept. 2 in Wil­liamsport but suf­fered a 3-0 MAC Com­mon­wealth de­ci­sion to Alver­nia on Sept. 6 in Read­ing. Hepner en­tered the sea­son with 1,085 digs (519 as a fresh­man and 566 as a sopho­more).

Mark For­rest was named to the pre­sea­son Pa­triot League men’s soc­cer All-Star team and the Le­high ju­nior proved that it was a good call in the first game of the sea­son.

For­rest, from Dou­glassville (The Hill School), scored all three goals in a 3-2 sea­son-open­ing vic­tory over Rider in a non-league con­test on Aug. 25 in Beth­le­hem. That made it easy on whom to mark in the Moun­tain Hawks next two games — losses to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton (1-0) on Aug. 27 and Ohio State (2-0) on Sept. 1. The 6-foot-3 for­ward was lim­ited to a to­tal of three shots in the two games.

Scor­ing goals is noth­ing new to For­rest. He led Le­high with 11 goals with four game-win­ners and 26 to­tal points as a fresh­man and led the Moun­tain Hawks in scor­ing with seven goals, four as­sists and 18 points with a game-win­ner last sea­son. The fresh­man col­lected her first col­le­giate goal and it was a game-win­ner as her Slip­pery Rock field hockey team turned back Queens on Sept. 4 in Lex­ing­ton, Va. She took three shots in the game. McKay’s play­ing time has in­creased with each game with The Rock, which is 2-1. She played 17 min­utes in a sea­son-open­ing 4-1 vic­tory over Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional and 43 min­utes against Queens. On Sept. 6, she played 55 min­utes in a 1-0 home loss to Mans­field.

The 5-foot-10 ju­nior de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist/ libero helped the Rochester women’s vol­ley­ball team post a 3-1 record in the sea­son-open­ing Red Dragon Tour­na­ment Sept. 1-2 in Cort­land, N.Y. Vi­dovich had 73 digs (5.21 per set) and five ser­vice aces in­clud­ing a col­lege ca­reer-high 28 digs in a 3-0 vic­tory over Vas­sar on Sept. 2. She had 343 digs and 65 ser­vice aces in 60 matches and 181 sets en­ter­ing this sea­son to go along with 34 as­sists and 13 kills.

The se­nior is bid­ding to be­come a three-time Al­lMetro At­lantic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence first-team se­lec­tion af­ter a good start with the Mon­mouth field hockey team. Dono­hue scored two goals in a sea­son-open­ing 6-2 vic­tory over Buck­nell on Aug. 25 and has picked up two as­sists to give her six points in the early go­ing for the 2-2 Hawks. As a fresh­man, she was a sec­ond team All-MAAC pick and was named Rookie of the Year. Dono­hue has 25 goals and 20 as­sists in 63 games with 60 starts in her ca­reer.

The 5-foot-1 se­nior de­fender has helped the Bryant women’s soc­cer team get off to a 3-1-1 start, the Bears hav­ing given up just three goals with three shutouts. Ric­cione also has helped out on the of­fen­sive end pick­ing up an as­sist in a 2-1 loss to Quin­nip­iac on Aug. 30 in Ham­den, Conn. She has played in 52 games with 23 starts in her ca­reer with Bryant and picked up a goal as a sopho­more and an as­sist as a ju­nior.

The 5-foot-2 se­nior mid­fielder is a key per­former on de­fense for the un­beaten Syra­cuse field hockey team which is ranked fifth in the coun­try with a 5-0 record. The Or­ange has shutout all five of its op­po­nents. Gil­li­gan picked up her first col­lege as­sist in a 2-0 sea­son-open­ing vic­tory over Cal­i­for­nia in Berke­ley on Aug. 26. She has started all five games and has played in 67 games with 40 starts in her four sea­sons. She has four ca­reer goals.

The ju­nior is start­ing on de­fense once again for the La Salle field hockey team which opened the sea­son with a 3-1 loss to Ap­palachian State but has come back with 1-0 victories over LIU and Le­high, the lat­ter on Sept. 1. Kida had an as­sist on the goal against Le­high. She has played in 35 games with 33 starts in her ca­reer with the Ex­plor­ers and has con­trib­uted three goals and three as­sists with a game-win­ner to the of­fen­sive side of the ball. Kida was named to the At­lantic-10 All-Rookie team as a fresh­man.

The se­nior has been a solid de­fender for the Lafayette field hockey team, but this sea­son she’s been help­ing out the of­fense. Hunsicker had scored just one goal in 41 games and 26 starts prior to this sea­son but she scored a goal in the sea­son-open­ing 3-0 vic­tory over Hof­s­tra on Aug. 31 and had the game-win­ning goal in a 2-1 vic­tory over Ap­palachian State on Sept. 2. She had four shots on goal in that game. The Leop­ards are 2-1 af­ter a 2-0 loss to James Madi­son on Sept. 3.

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